Will Gen Z Change the Office as We Know It?

 In C21 Commercial, Commercial, Gen Z, survey

We all know the impact the Millennials have made on office design. They are attached to technology, prefer to work collaboratively and enjoy a live/work/play lifestyle that’s driven mixed-use development.

Now, office-building owners need to get ready for Gen Z, those born after 1995, who are beginning to enter the workforce. Get ready for some changes.

Real-estate tech company Yardi conducted a survey, asking Gen Zers around the U.S. about their office preferences. Here are some of the key results:

  • Goodbye, open floor plans. Gen Z values privacy, with 62.5% of survey respondents saying that privacy is of the utmost importance in the workplace. When asked about their ideal office layout, 38% said they want to work from home and 37% opted for a private office.
  • Their own identity. Gen Zers want to be treated as individuals and are passionate about customization. What makes them happy at the office: 60.5% want to personalize their space.
  • Forget game rooms. Although many employers have game rooms, Gen Zers are more interested in having good food; 49% of survey respondents chose snack/food options as the most important office perks.
  • Environmentally friendly. Some 44% of respondents said working in a green office is important to them.
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